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San Diego’s Top Weekend Arts Events: Cirque, August Wilson And Ukuleles

This weekend offers an eclectic mix of arts, from a jam with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain to Cirque du Soleil’s street-inspired acrobatics. Plus, there’s a festival dedicated to the playwright August Wilson.Cirque du Soleil’s VoltaTheater, DanceCirque du Soleil returns with Volta, a big-top production that celebrates the culture of street sports.The mesmerizing Cirque acrobatics blend with jump ropes, roller skates, parkour movements and more.Even the costumes are street-inspired; designed by Zaldy, they’re infused with bright colors and bold patterns to complete the visual story. Every show has a message and this one is about embracing our differences in a time when social media isolates us.

Volta is Cirque du Soleils’s 41st original production and it will be performed at the Del Mar Fairgrounds through April.Details: 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 4:30 and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sundays.Through April 28. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.Del Mar. $54 to $235; find tickets to Volta.

Intrepid Theatre.A 2019 promotional poster for the August Wilson Festival.August Wilson FestivalTheaterAugust Wilson is considered one of America’s best playwrights, and this weekend there will be a festival to celebrate his words and legacy.Wilson wrote a series of 10 plays, each set in a different decade, exploring the African-American experience in the 20th Century. Intrepid Theatre and the San Diego Central Library present an all-day event featuring student monologues, panel discussions and a staged reading of “Fences.”This festival was created because next year San Diego will participate in the 2020 National August Wilson Monologue Competition.Details: 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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